Training for students and organizations

At Mental Health Systems, training is a value of ours.

Practicum and internship opportunities for graduate students

Strong first steps with MHS

MHS is an inclusive and dynamic environment for expanding your thinking, developing your skills and participating in the art of applying evidence-based practices. Interested graduate students in social work, counseling psychology and clinical psychology please apply.

We’re a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). And, our Doctoral Internship Program is Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Your professional development is our passion, just as it has been for the hundreds of careers we’ve been a part of launching.

Learn more about learning more

MHS provides practicum and internship opportunities for graduate students in social work, counseling psychology, and clinical psychology. In addition, MHS is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) to provide doctoral internships to students from around the country. MHS’s Doctoral Internship Program is Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Social Work / Psychology Practicum

MHS has been an active training site in the Twin Cities since 2002. We have an annual fall cohort of approximately 12 students. MHS works closely with academic programs to provide training to students in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work.

The training year starts the week before Labor Day and lasts 9 months. Students are on site a minimum of 20-25 hours per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Training is currently offered in our Edina, Woodbury, Plymouth, and Roseville locations. Students may be on site additional days to accommodate schedules, training needs, or interests.

A training experience at MHS includes:

  • In-depth training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Co-facilitation and independent facilitation of a DBT group
  • Provision of individual therapy
  • Committed clinical supervisors who value students, supervision, and the supervision process
  • Multidisciplinary team case consultation meetings
  • Staff trainings on a variety of topics within the mental health field. Examples include suicidality and safety planning, ethics, business and insurance, theoretical orientation, electronic health records and record keeping
  • Opportunities to attend MHS sponsored trainings off site

Interested in more information?

Any questions regarding the training opportunities can be directed to the Training Director, Dr. Morgan Schwartz at or 952-460-9018. For social work training inquiries and application materials, please contact Courtney Lezanic at or 952-460-9098

Doctoral Internship Program

Mental Health Systems (MHS) offers a unique opportunity to train in a community mental health setting. Many of MHS’s clients are considered by the State of Minnesota to be seriously and persistently mentally ill (SPMI). SPMI diagnoses include Major Depression, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Schizophrenia.

Other common diagnoses seen include, but are not limited to, PTSD, substance use disorders, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. Training at MHS focuses on implementation of evidence-based practices to provide exemplary care to a challenging population with a high degree of comorbidity.

Interested in more information?

Click to learn more about the Doctoral Internship Program at MHS.

MHS Trainings for Agencies

Mental Health Systems provides support for others in the mental health community and beyond. MHS offers trainings in a variety of areas including DBT skills, overviews of programming at MHS, psychoeducation on Borderline Personality Disorder and other diagnoses, addressing suicidal ideation or self-harm, and more. We are able to tailor trainings and presentations to each audience and provide material specifically on what they are looking for. MHS can provide trainings both in-person and virtually.

Below are examples of trainings or presentations that MHS have provided in the past:

  • MHS Teen Programming and DBT Overview for Lakeville Area Schools
  • Adolescent DBT Skills Teaching and Overview for St. Paul Schools
  • Overview of DBT for adults for NAMI Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Teen DBT for NAMI Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Supporting Teens with Safety Concerns for Chaska schools

For more information on trainings, please contact Lauren Mooney at 952-460-9047 or